The Cash Learning Bulletin WHS Special Edition

The World Humanitarian Summit and the future of cash transfers in emergencies

The conclusion of an unprecedented consultative process to improve humanitarian assistance, the World Humanitarian Summit opened on a promising note, following the UN Secretary-General's call for cash-based assistance to become the default method of support for people in emergencies wherever possible.

But has the Summit delivered on its promises? We asked this question to Nigel Timmins, Oxfam International's Humanitarian Director and Chair of CaLP's Board, Sara Almer, CaLP's Coordinator, Paula Gil Baizan, CaLP's Advocacy Coordinator and Paul Harvey, Partner at Humanitarian Outcomes.

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Join a group of experts on June 15th to discuss how to use the WHS as springboard to develop a common vision on the future of cash transfers! More information will be shared shortly on the dgroup and through our website!  

Life after the WHS and the Agenda for Cash 

The crux in implementing commitments made in large multi-stakeholder process lies in the how, and that is also where some of the biggest opportunities lie. Sara Almer and Paula Gil Baizan explain how CaLP’s “Agenda for Cash” can facilitate tracking the bold commitments needed for a substantial humanitarian reform driven by cash transfer programming coming out of the WHS.

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Future of NGOs: smaller, more specialised, and more efficient

The WHS was far from a revolution. Yet the unprecedented place occupied by cash at the WHS shows the ball is rolling. Nigel Timmins, Oxfam International’s Humanitarian Director, reflects on what underlies our attitudes and how  NGOs will need to  focus on a set of core activities that reflect their values based origins.

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Post WHS wish list

Important commitments around humanitarian cash transfers have been made by key humanitarian actors involved in the WHS. Their willingness to embrace and drive change will now decide if or how this will translate into changed action on the ground. Paul Harvey presents his wish list focused on donor coordination, cost-efficiency, transparency and governments’ leadership in humanitarian response, and the process of creative destruction towards more efficiency and respect for the dignity of people affected by crisis.

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